FAYETTEVILLE, AR –(Press Release)Jimmy Dykes, coach and former ESPN analyst, was named as the eighth head women’s basketball coach at the University of Arkansas, it was announced by Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long.
“After meeting with him and discussing our program, it was clear to me that Jimmy Dykes is not only the best leader for our women’s basketball program, but also the best Coach for the student-athletes in our program,” Long said.
“I have known Jimmy for many years but learned of his passion and commitment to his alma mater, the University of Arkansas, when I arrived on campus.
I have always respected his tremendous basketball knowledge and his understanding of the game, but as I got to know Jimmy better, l became aware of his strong coaching background including his tenures at some of the nation’s top college basketball programs.
Jimmy’s coaching pedigree working with some of the best coaches in the business, combined with his ability to teach the game of basketball, made him the clear choice as the head women’s basketball coach at the University of Arkansas.”
In his collegiate coaching career, Dykes has made stops at the University of Arkansas, Sacramento State University, Appalachian State University, the University of Kentucky, the University of Arkansas-Little Rock and Oklahoma State University.
Dykes’ experience includes more than 950 games called and more than 3,000 practices observed at all levels of college and professional basketball.
In addition, Dykes spent two seasons working as a college scout for the National Basketball Association’s Seattle SuperSonics before moving into broadcasting with ESPN on a full-time basis.
Dykes, who has maintained his home in Arkansas, also served as the Shiloh Christian Athletic Director and worked as a coach with the Saints.
Dykes is married to the former Tiffany (Beasley) and the couple have a daughter, Kennedy.
Tiffany is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and was Razorbacks’ head cheerleader during both the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons.
· Jimmy Dykes is the eighth head coach in Razorback Women’s Basketball History
· Three-year University of Arkansas basketball letterman
· Jimmy Dykes attended high school at Estes Park (Colo.) and Fayetteville HS
· Jimmy Dykes earned his bachelor’s degree in speech education at Arkansas in 1985
· Graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas with a 3.54 GPA
· Served under legendary coach Eddie Sutton as an assistant coach at Arkansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma State